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Jorge Gil Chang, director of the NGO Fundación para el Desarrollo Agrícola del Ecuador (FUNDEC) first reported on SICA (SRI) trials in Ecuador in 2008. Ten-day seedlings at 40x40 cm spacing yielded 8.8 t/ha, compared with 2.3 t/ha on the adjacent conventional plot. (Ecuador's national average yield is 3.8 t/ha.) The conventional methods included 5 plant per hill, and 25x30 cm spacing, so the plant population was 10 times greater than with SICA/SRI. Gil has also written a 68 page booklet (Cultivo de Arroz Sistema Intensificado SICA-SRI en Ecuador) that provides an overview of SRI globally and its potential in Ecuador. (See additional information on SRI in Ecuador in reports, presentations and videos sections). His findings were later reported at the First Workshop on the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in Latin America at EARTH University in Costa Rica, October 31 - November 1, 2011.

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